About Us


We are a non-profit Verein staffed by volunteers. Our members come from many different countries and include native Baselers as well as those who moved here for work or study. 

 

We share the belief that our lives are improved by places that bring people together and have been inspired by co-housing developments across the world. 

 

We joined the building cooperative wohnen&mehr in March 2019 and will rent 23 apartments and a common room in Westfeld, a new multicultural, multigenerational, community-oriented neighborhood that wohnen&mehr is developing in the Iselin Quartier in Basel. Occupancy is currently planned for fall/winter 2022.

 

We are now taking reservations, and 9 apartments are still available. Drop us a mail to learn more.

 

A high point in the Wohnen+ Basel calendar came at year end with the announcement that we were being presented with an award of CHF 270,000 by Age Stiftung, a major national foundation. to learn more...

Our members

  • We are diverse.
  • We are multilingual.
  • We all volunteer our time.
  • Our ages range from 50 to 81.
  • Some of us are working and some are retired.
  • We come from seven different countries. The majority of our members are Swiss.
  • We come from the public sector and the private sector, from NGOs, IT and finance, body work and social work, medicine and psychology, art and science.

Our Organization
  • Board: Nancy Gelman (President), Ingrid Sanford (Treasurer), Claude Sanford (Secretary), Andrew Craven
  • Committees: Finance, Documentation / Legal, Outreach
  • Committee Members and other Volunteers: Bernd Rinn, Carol Leininger, Charlotte Sitte, David Staehelin, Lisa von Gierke, Markus Spinatsch, Marne Platt, Mike Golub, Petra Arida 

Board Biographies:

 

Andrew Craven:  Married with 2 children. I have lived in Switzerland since 2000 and am now a Swiss citizen and at home in my adopted country. My university studies began with a physics baccalaureate in Liverpool, close to where I was born and grew up, and later with an advanced degree in communications in the Chicago area. Since then, most of my professional life has been dedicated to explaining technical concepts to audiences without a technical background. I am concerned that the many people like me who have pursued lives in Switzerland enjoy their senior years with the same dignity and enjoyment as those born in this remarkable country. I feel that the concept of Wohnen+ Basel will help achieve this, and am working to make this exciting new living concept a reality in Basel and elsewhere.

 

Nancy Gelman: Married with 2 children. Swiss and American national, living in Switzerland since 1998. Since 1999 I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Basel, the last 12 years managing global validated informatics projects, and retired since October 2018. I am excited about the potential of Wohnen+ Basel to provide housing that will enable older adults to remain active, engaged and independent within an international, multi-generational environment.

 

Claude Sanford: Married with 3 children. American national living in Switzerland since 1996. Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University USA. Served 8 years in the United States Army with one tour in Vietnam, left with the rank of Major.  For the next 38 years I pursued a career in computer systems, working in the banking, insurance and educational industries.  I worked mainly in the United States and in the United Kingdom up until 1996 when my family and I moved to Switzerland where I continued my computer systems career. Retired in August 2015 at the age of 68.

 

Ingrid Sanford:  Married with 3 children. Swiss and American national, living in Switzerland since 1996. Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University USA.  Worked 15 years in the United States in various industries as a trainer, technical writer and project manager. My career over the last 20 years has been focused on finance, project and portfolio management in the pharma industry in Basel. I am currently still working. 

 

Both Ingrid and Claude are inspired by the vision of Wohnen+ Basel. Working together to help create a community where older adults in the second half of life can easily stay active and engaged in society is exciting. Avoiding isolation is a key motivator.